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What is a bootable USB drive?
To some extent, a bootable USB drive is like an installation disc, which contain all the necessary boot files and can be used to boot your computer and troubleshoot in the event of a disaster. You just need to enter BIOS and change boot priority for it.
Today, on many computers, only the USB interface is reserved, not the optical drive. Thus, bootable device, such as, USB bootable drive, becomes more and more popular. In addition, many users still use it to store files due to its small size and low price.
You can’t just copy and paste files
USB drives mostly are used to store and transfer personal data in old days, thus many users still use the previous way, that is, Copy and Paste, to transfer files from one USB drive to another.
It’s useful if you just want to copy personal files and folders to another USB drive. Assuming that the USB drive contains bootable partition, including its master boot record (MBR), slack space, and any unused space, simply drag and drop it to a new flash drive cannot work.
In a way, you can’t just copy and paste files if the USB is a bootable drive. You need to clone bootable USB in Windows 10/8/7.
Need to clone USB bootable drive
Cloning bootable USB is accepted as a way to back it up, so you can use it to install Windows or repair your computer even the first bootable USB drive is broken or likewise.
Another reason is for security. With lots of times of plugin and plug-out, your computer may be infected by virus on your computer, or it’s corrupted or damaged for a certain reason.
In addition, the disk space may be insufficient and you want to upgrade USB drive with larger ones.
What else can USB bootable drive do? You can use it to deploy the same bootable device to other computers for repair or sharing via cloning bootable USB drive to another USB drive.
How to clone bootable USB drive in Windows 10 step by step?
It's a pity that Windows does not comes along with clone feature, so you will use the fastest and easiest way to clone bootable USB disk in Windows 10, it's "Disk Clone" in AOMEI Backupper Professional.
It allows you to clone bootable usb drive to another usb drive, hard drive, SSD, and all the partitions including boot drive and data drive on the USB stick will be cloned to target disk in several clicks.
It has more than sector by sector clone method, and its intelligent clone feature can skip bad sectors and ensure successful cloning if the USB drive damages a little. Also, it allows you to clone bootable USB drive to smaller drive by cloning only the used sectors.
It allows you to adjust partition size of the destination disk and accelerate the reading and writing speed of SSD disk.
Now, let's get started to clone bootable USB stick with AOMEI Backupper.
1. Boot up computer normally, and plug in the bootable USB drive as well as the target disk to your PC. Make sure both of them can be detected by Windows.
2. Click the download button below to install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Select Clone and click Disk Clone.
2. Select the bootable USB flash drive here.
3. Then select the destination disk that you want to clone bootable USB drive to. It can be another USB drive or HDD/SSD.
4. Click Edit Partitions to adjust partition size if you wish. If the target disk is an SSD, check SSD Alignment to get peak performance. Click Start Clone after configuration.
Tip: Please note that ticking Sector by sector clone box will make resize partitions unavailable.
Within a few moves, you are able to clone USB bootable drive in Windows 10 with "Disk Clone" feature in AOMEI Backupper. Above method also applies to Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/ Vista since AOMEI Backupper Professional supports all these operating systems.
In fact, this cloning software is also great USB automatic backup software. It provides incremental backup and differential backup with daily, weekly, and monthly mode. As backup solution, it supports backup Windows system to USB drive without encounter “The drive is not a valid backup location” warning.
In brief, AOMEI Backupper Professional is a great software you deserve. Download and enjoy your new jouney. If you are using server-based computer, you can consider AOMEI Backupper Server.